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PIASSETSKY, Pavel Iakovlevich.
Russian Travellers in Mongolia and China. Translated by J. Gordon-Cumming.
London: Chapman & Hall, Limited, 1884. London: Chapman & Hall, Limited,, 1884. 2 volumes octavo. Original green sand-grained cloth, title gilt to the spine and to the front board with panelling and decoration in black, brown surface-paper endpapers. Numerous steel-engraved illustrations to the text from Piassetsky's sketches, many of them full-page. Slightly rubbed, and a little shaken, top corners clipped from the title page of volume I, and the front free endpaper of volume II, light browning, very good. First edition in English, first published in St. Petersburg in 1880, a French translation was issued in 1883. The only record of Colonel Sosnovsky's scientific and economic expedition across Siberia to Lake Baikal and Mongolia of 1874-5. "They were among the first explorers to cross the entire Gobi Desert to Barkul and Lanjou, and took a circuitous route to Peking and Shanghai before returning to Mongolia again through the desert" (Catalogue Chine, Bibliotheca Wittockiana, 2009). Piassetsky was expedition artist, and was also responsible for the taxidermy of natural history specimens, other members included the cartographer Z. Matusovsky, and the photographer A.E. Boyarsky, whose remarkable archive of early images of the region were collected in a volume of the Caught in Time photographic archive series. An attractive and important book, uncommon in the cloth. Gift inscriptions to the artist Henry Scott Tuke from his mother in both volumes. Cordier 2453; Morrison I p. 594.
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]

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